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Old 03-14-2013, 09:15 PM
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Ultimately Jordan dug more in The Masks of God (4 vol) by Joseph Campbell than he did in Hero with a Thousand Faces (not that Hero is irrelevant for all that. Not quite). It's a much harder work than the more general-audience friendly HWATF.

More material on cyclical history and the role of "great men" (a concept akin to ta'veren) can be found in the works of Mircea Eliade.

The classic author on the triads in Celtic and Indo-European culture is Dumézil (a very hard read).

For a good analysis of the motifs behind WOT, a good essay on Arthuriana/the Matter of Britain is a must, I don't have a title to suggest (but one in French) something that covers the role of women in Arthurian myth, and the King as one with the Land is important.

Aside from Arthurian texts, it's always good for WOT to get a copy of Norse myths, Irish Myth and Heroic cycles (Finn McCool stories are very important for Mat) and Japanese mythology.

A good book on European folklore is also very useful.

Beyond that it would probably help to know which book you've picked. I always found the easiest one to analyze was The Shadow Rising, as it's very focused on Celtic stuff (The Fairy Paths for the Ways, the tree sapling as gift, the Bruidhean, the ritual to select Kings, the Wasteland and Fisher King, the Celtic structure of the Aiel.. the septs and clans, the druidic like role of the WO (you can simply drop the Amerindian cultural elements RJ mixed into it), and you can throw in the dealings with underworld creatures with the Finns and again keep focused on the Irish sources only without bothering with all the other sources. And TSR lets you throw in as well the Sword in the Stone stuff, and Arian'Rhod for Lanfear. A lot of great material for an essay in there, and without having to dig in dozens of directions as would be the case with most other WOT books.

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